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UK: Ex-Def Sec Liam Fox calls for UK to 'take control of borders,'  leave EU02:27

UK: Ex-Def Sec Liam Fox calls for UK to 'take control of borders,' leave EU

United Kingdom, Kettering
January 23, 2016 at 23:10 GMT -00:00 · Published

Former British Defence Secretary Liam Fox called for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union during the launch of the new Brexit campaign 'Grassroots Out' at the Kettering Conference Centre in Kettering, Saturday.

"It is now time, time to take control of our own destiny, time to take control of our own laws, time to take control of our own borders, we will only get one chance but we can do it all of us together, so lets get to it," Fox said.

"If you cannot make your own laws, if you cannot control your own borders, you are not an independent sovereign nation and I want to live in an independent sovereign nation," he added.

The former British defence secretary went on to criticise German Chancellor Angela Merkel's approach to the refugee crisis. "Insecurity for our country comes from open borders and uncontrolled migration and I do not want the mistakes made by Angela Merkel in opening the doors to migrants in Germany to be reflected in Britain’s security," Fox said, adding that "Germany has discovered in Cologne and other places exactly what it can mean when you do not know who you have allowed into your country and within a short time."

An in-or-out referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the EU will be held before the end of 2017. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate the terms of the UK's membership of the 28-country bloc.

UK: Ex-Def Sec Liam Fox calls for UK to 'take control of borders,'  leave EU02:27
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Former British Defence Secretary Liam Fox called for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union during the launch of the new Brexit campaign 'Grassroots Out' at the Kettering Conference Centre in Kettering, Saturday.

"It is now time, time to take control of our own destiny, time to take control of our own laws, time to take control of our own borders, we will only get one chance but we can do it all of us together, so lets get to it," Fox said.

"If you cannot make your own laws, if you cannot control your own borders, you are not an independent sovereign nation and I want to live in an independent sovereign nation," he added.

The former British defence secretary went on to criticise German Chancellor Angela Merkel's approach to the refugee crisis. "Insecurity for our country comes from open borders and uncontrolled migration and I do not want the mistakes made by Angela Merkel in opening the doors to migrants in Germany to be reflected in Britain’s security," Fox said, adding that "Germany has discovered in Cologne and other places exactly what it can mean when you do not know who you have allowed into your country and within a short time."

An in-or-out referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the EU will be held before the end of 2017. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate the terms of the UK's membership of the 28-country bloc.

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